Ok, so I have been a bit M.I.A lately because I have chosen to take some time to figure out which direction I wanted to take this lovely platform. I pride myself on being a free spirited and openly spontaneous person, ready for anything but… I also thrive on substance. I really feel yoga does this for me. It’s my substance, my meaning and understanding to each breath-my balance. In short, I’ve decided to “Yoga Blog” weekly. Ill be breaking down a pose each week and giving my interpretation of that pose and the benefits that come along with it.
I really want this to be interactive so please give me your feedback! I won’t be going in any specific order of poses. I feel like everyone is at a different point in their life and in their practice, so the more random the better, to reach everyone at the perfect moment. LET’S GET STARTED SHALL WE! ^^ 3-Legged Dog – Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana ^^
How to get into this pose:
- Start by laying face down on your mat.
- Inhale- and bring your palms under your shoulders, middle fingers point to the front of the mat.
- Roll your shoulders down your back, away from your ear and then exhale your body up onto your knees to a table top position.
- Inhale- and roll your toes under to grip the mat.
- Exhale pushing into your palms evenly lifting your hips to the sky, as you extend your heels to the ground into your DOWNWARD DOG.
- Brace your body evenly between your palms and left foot. Inhale pulling your belly button into your spine as you lengthen your spine all the way to the right heel towards the sky.
- Exhale as your right knee bends, and your head turns to look under your right armpit. Spread your body weight evenly through the limbs still grounded to the mat.
- Once in your pose, feel your energy push down through your palms raising your hips to the sky , left heel grounds to the mat and right knee bends, allowing for the right heel to drop over the left side of the body.
- Hold between 3 to 5 breaths before switching sides and repeating the pose, in reverse, with the right foot grounded and the left foot raised.
- Strengthens arms- the only way for this to happen though, is if you are actually pushing into the palms and not just holding yourself up. There is a difference.
- Lengthen hamstrings, calves and spine-this happens the more you lift your hips away from your heels and shoulders. You actively want your hips stretching away from the body lengthening the lower back and hamstrings. If not, the hips are compressing.
- Anytime your head is lower than your heart, you are calming your nerves.
- Helps with balance.
- Releases tension in the upper back and neck through the shoulders in which are being pushed down the back, away from ears.
Remember we are all at different stages with our bodies, so take your time if you are wanting to try these poses at home. Do only wha feels good for you and do not push yourself, EVER, to the point of sharp pain. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, be aware of your own limits and don’t compare yourself to pictures of myself or others. Any outside source is a demonstration, however your real practice comes from finding what works best for you, and at the pace you are comfortable with! So Have fun and play until your heart’s content.
Photos done by Mark Wong